BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan — Residents in this resort island are encouraged to support the enforcement of a local ordinance out to minimize plastic use and reduce garbage here.
The start of the implementation of the municipal ordinance which prohibits the use of plastic bags on dry goods, regulates its use on wet goods and bans the use of styrofoam in the municipality of Malay is moved to July 15, according to executive assistant Jimmy Maming.
Maming said this was to give way for the information dissemination of the local government unit (LGU) of Malay about the ordinance.
The LGU first scheduled the implementation of the plastic ordinance on June 15.
He said the soft implementation of the ordinance was to enable locals and business owners in the island to adjust to the new rule.
But Maming clarified that the imposition of fines would start in January next year.
Individuals violating the said ordinance will be fined PHP1,000 for the first offense; PHP1,500 in second offense and PHP2,500 and imprisonment of not less than one month or more than six months or both for the third offense.
Violating business establishment will meanwhile face cancellation of their permit to operate for a period of one year.
Instead of plastic, locals and tourists are encouraged to use alternative packaging materials such as reusable, woven, cloth, paper and other bags made of biodegradable materials.
Meanwhile, prior to the implementation of said ordinance, Red Cross Youth-Boracay Malay Chapter, a local youth group has already started their own initiative to minimize the use of plastic.
The group has launched a campaign dubbed as “RedVolution”, which urges locals and tourists to minimize their use of plastic – like refusing the use of straws and bringing their own bags when shopping. (Karen V. Bermejo/PNA)